Note from the Chancellor

Taryn Losch-BeridonChancellor Notes

Dear DCPS Community,

DC Public Schools has a responsibility to provide every student with an equitable, rigorous, and joyful education — no matter if they are learning at home or learning in school.

While we planned to offer in-person learning at the start of Term 2 for select elementary school students, this timeline will need to be adjusted. This means all students in grades PK-12 will now begin Term 2 on Monday, November 9 with learning at home.

Please also note that this week’s academic calendar will not shift as previously announced. We apologize for any inconvenience this update may cause.

  • Monday, Nov. 2 — Instructional day
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Election Day; no school for students and teachers
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 — Instructional day
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 — Instructional day
  • Friday, Nov. 6 — No school for students; 1/2 Records Day and 1/2 Professional Development Day for teachers

We commit to supporting our students, families, teachers, and staff in our urgent mission to safely reopen schools. We have heard feedback from many in our community about #ReopenStrong plans, and we will use this moment to adjust our timeline and staffing plans for reopening.

We are still taking steps to reopen and will begin by opening CARE classrooms as soon as staffing plans are confirmed. Families who already accepted an in-person learning seat will have the option to join a CARE Classroom first. Then, we will outreach to additional families with seat offers. We will be in contact with families directly on next steps.

Elementary school principals will continue leading safety walkthroughs this week with members of their community to show first-hand how buildings are ready to welcome back students and staff. We are also posting school readiness details online at

Please join our weekly community town hall this Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:00 p.m. and do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with your questions around our revised reopening schedule.

We will continue to share updates as they become available. In the meantime, please remember to vote tomorrow if you have not already.

In partnership and health,

Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D.